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Patient dignity improved with side-tying hospital gowns


Embarrassing hospital gowns are being replaced with more dignified side-tying versions at wards in Bristol, it has been revealed.

The new gowns, introduced at Frenchay and Southmead hospitals, tie up at the side and wrap round the body, replacing the old style robes that fasten at the back and leave patients’ bottoms showing.

North Bristol NHS Trust, which is the first to roll out the new “dignity gowns” in the South West, said the response so far had been “extremely positive”.

Carol de Halle, acting director of nursing, said: “Traditional hospital gowns have been the butt of many a joke over the years but anyone who has been in hospital and worn one of them knows just how embarrassing and undignified they can be.

“These new gowns are much better, and we are very much looking forward to rolling them out across our organisation.

“North Bristol NHS Trust is committed to improving our patients’ privacy and dignity and the new gowns will make a big difference.”


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  • About time too. Why has this taken so long? Well done North Bristol NHS Trust.

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  • Well done Bristol! I always use two gowns on a patient. I use another one like a dressing gown.

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  • when will be all the hospital will use them as well?

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  • the words `rocket science' spring to mentioned before - why has this taken so long??? let's hope where 1 leads others will follow

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  • Hello all- When I was a patient years ago, I was so embarrassed by the gown! It is truly about time someone recognized this and I'm sure it will catch on here in the US soon! My name is Stephanie, RN, MBA from USA (Iowa) and I have a blog for colleagues, patients,caregivers, students and the general public. Please view and comment; I post daily on several years (30+) experience in the field.

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